Gaganjeet Bhullar 44th After First Round at Wales Open

Fellow Indian Jeev Milkha Singh was tied at 70th.

Updated: September 19, 2014 12:39 IST
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Newport, Wales: Gaganjeet Bhullar shot even par 71 to be tied 44th at the end of the first round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at The Celtic Manor Resort.

Fellow Indian Jeev Milkha Singh with a card of one-over 72 was tied 70th.

While Bhullar had four birdies and four bogeys, three of which came between 13th and 17th, Jeev opened with a double bogey and then had four birdies and three bogeys in his round.

Meanwhile, Dutchman Joost Luiten made a flying start to his Wales Open campaign, firing a six under par 65 in the first round. The 28-year-old notched seven birdies -- the pick of those a 75-foot putt on the 16th green -- to lead by one shot against Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who muscled a 447-yard drive down the 18th for the longest tee shot recorded on The European Tour.

Colsaerts took full advantage by making eagle there, and he sits alongside Scotsman Andrew McArthur, who recovered from an early bogey with six birdies.

Home favourite Jamie Donaldson fared best of the four Ryder Cup players, posting a one under par 70, with Thomas Bjorn shooting 71, Lee Westwood 73 and Stephen Gallacher 78.

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